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SYSE 580A2 - Applied Systems Thinking for the Real World

  • 3 credits

Systems-thinking is a transdisciplinary framework for engineers and non-engineers.

By learning and applying systems-thinking, we can improve our odds of success when dealing with complex problems in various fields, including engineering, health care, social science and business.

Course Objectives:
Successful students will learn:
• Systems thinking theory and culture
• Model-based systems thinking
• How to apply systems thinking in your work and career
• How systems thinking was applied/misapplied to a range of case studies in various disciplines

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more. Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.

Textbooks and Materials

See syllabus. This course will utilize readings from a variety of texts.


Kamran Shahroudi
Kamran Shahroudi

Kamran Eftekhari Shahroudi received his BTech (1988 Loughborough University, UK), MSAE (1989 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and PhD. (1994 Delft, Netherlands) in the field of Gas Turbine-Based Propulsion System Conceptual/Preliminary Design. He completed his post-doc research in the area of Computational Steering and Visualization at the Center for Math and Information Technology in Amsterdam. He joined Woodward in 1997 to balance his academic background with heavy industrial experience.

In 2006 he joined the System Design and Management program at MIT and received his Master of Science in Engineering and Management (a kind of systems and technically oriented MBA) in 2008. He currently serves as a Controls Analyst and Engineering Manager at Woodward in Fort Collins, Colorado.

His current R&D interests include Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization and Robust Control of Prime Mover Systems in addition to using Complex System Dynamics to objectively solve management and technical problems. Please check Google Scholar for published work and patents.

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